Dodgers make minor bullpen upgrade

By Jim Callis

July 31, 2001

Looking to upgrade their setup corps, the Dodgers did so on Tuesday by acquiring Terry Mulholland from the Pirates for Mike Fetters and minor league lefthander Adrian Burnside.

Mulholland, 39, signed a two-year, $6 million deal with Pittsburgh as a free agent in the offseason. The Pirates obviously won’t contend during the life of that contract, so the decision to trade him was an easy one. He’s a finesse lefthander who thrives on savvy and command. Mulholland is 0-0, 3.72 in 22 games this season, and is close to coming off of the 15-day disabled list after breaking his left index finger in June.

Fetters, 37, was very effective (6-2, 3.24) for Los Angeles in 2000 but equally ineffective in 2001. He’s 2-1, 6.07 in 34 appearances. A righthander, he still has a legitimate fastball and a deceptive splitter.

Burnside, 24, would have pitched for Australia in the 2000 Olympics had he not been sidelined by tendinitis and elbow problems. Signed as an international free agent in 1995, he was temporarily lost to the Reds in the December 1999 major league Rule 5 draft but returned to the Dodgers system three months later. He has thrived ever since, going 6-5, 2.90 with 82 strikeouts in 93 innings at Double-A San Antonio last year and 4-3, 2.66 with 67 whiffs in 68 innings at Double-A Jacksonville in 2001. Opponents are batting just .181 against him this season. Burnside has a very nice arm for a lefty, approaching the mid-90s with his fastball, though he still needs to refine his command.